Kristian Zarb Adami

Prof. Kristian Zarb Adami - Director, Institute of Space Sciences and Astronomy, University of Malta
Research Fellow, University of Oxford

I did my Phd in Cambridge, between 2000-2003 sponsored by STMicroelectronics where I developed algorithms for the deconvolution of images from radio telescopes. After finishing my PhD, I worked in STMicroelectronics between 2003 and 2007 where I developed the Autofocus cameras for the 2Mega-Pixel and 3Mega-Pixel mobile markets.

In 2007 I took up a research position at the University of Oxford, developing Digital Signal Processing systems for radio telescopes mainly the SKA, which involves the low and high level design of high bandwidth (>40Gb/s) systems in order to form the largest images on the sky. In 2012, I was appointed Project Scientist at MIT for a small telescope called MITEOR, which is still ongoing.

Since 2013, I have sat on the European Space Agency board as national delegate (which I gave up in 2015) as well as the MCST board which is the Malta Science funding council. I am an active member in the development of space technologies, specifically in phased antenna systems.

I have over 30 publications to my name including 2 patents, one in antenna design and one (pending) in semiconductor manufacturing processes.

Sergio Andreozzi

Sergio Andreozzi is strategy and policy manager of the EGI Foundation, the coordinating body of EGI (federated e-Infrastructure providing advanced computing services for research and innovation). In his role, Sergio contributes to strategic planning and execution, governance, business models and evolution of services. Sergio is also member of the EC Open Science Policy Platform and chair of the related European Open Science Cloud sub-group. He holds a PhD in Computer Science (University of Bologna) and a MSc in Computer Science Engineering (University of Pisa).


Marc-Elian Bégin

Marc-Elian Bégin is CEO and co-founder of SixSq, a cloud computing company based in Geneva, Switzerland. Marc-Elian holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in Aerospace, from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal and has been working in the software industry since 1994. During this time, he has worked with the Canadian and European Space Agencies, as well as CERN, on distributed software systems, grid and cloud computing development projects. In 2007, inspired by a drive to evangelise cloud computing, he realised one of his dreams and founded SixSq with 2 other partners. His current focus is SlipStream, a professional open source multi-cloud Platform as a Service, DevOps and hybrid cloud solution. With this software and an amazing team, he builds smart city solutions and open data access to deliver real and tangible benefits to society. He regularly talks at local, national and international events, such as IoT Week, CeBIT, Swiss Open Cloud Day and CloudStack Collaboration Conference. Marc-Elian enjoys living and working in Geneva, Switzerland, while trying to keep up with his two fast-growing sons.

Serge Bogaerts

Serge Bogaerts, Managing Director of PRACE aisbl

Serge Bogaerts graduated in 1992 as a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer from the Free University of Brussels (ULB), then as a researcher in numerical fluid mechanics at the von Karman Institute. He studied engineering in nuclear safety at Tractebel Engineering, and in 2003 worked as a researcher in CFD-Multiphysics of supercomputers at Cenaero. Serge knows the challenges of numerical simulation. He managed the operations of Cenaero supercomputers from 2006 which allowed him to gain experience in leading projects of procurement and operation of HPC infrastructures. In October 2012 he was appointed as Belgian Delegate to the PRACE Council and since October 2015 has also served as Council Secretary. He left Cenaero to take on the role as Chair of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of PRACE aisbl in February 2017.



Paolo Budroni

Paolo Budroni ,University of Vienna, Library and Archive Services, Head of Dpt.

He earned his Dr. phil. in 1986 at the University of Vienna, completing a semiotic examination of "Don Camillo and Peppone." In 1988, he completed his education degree at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and in 1996, he received a postgraduate degree in European Integration for Public Administration at the Austrian Federal European Academy. In 1991, he headed the realization of the first Current Research Information System (CRIS/ DonKey) of the University of Vienna (1991-1998). While on sabbatical (2001-2005), Budroni worked as Strategic Alliances Manager at a German BI Company, further as a docent for marketing courses at the graduate level at the Università degli Studi di Perugia (Scienze della Comunicazione), and as Marketing Manager and, later, as Strategic Business Development Manager for a German telecommunications firm. Back in Vienna in 2005, he led as Managing Director the development of the digital archiving system for RDM of the University of Vienna, which also serves as Institutional Repository of the University (Phaidra, 2007-2016). Today Phaidra is used in 5 European countries and is running at 15 institutions (among them the Austrian National Funding Agency FWF). From 2014 to 2016, he has also been the Managing Director of the of the nation-wide project e-Infrastructures Austria (26 partners, all Austrian Universities), which aims to create an Austrian network of competencies in the field of university repositories and research data.
European or national projects (led or acquired): OpenAIRE, Europeana Libraries, TEMPUS in the Western Balkan Region, e-Infrastructures Austria, Open Education Austria, H2020-LEARN (WP3, Policy Development and Alignment).

Paolo Budroni is the Austrian National Delegate to the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) and represents the University of Vienna at COAR.
His long-term involvement in digital asset management and the provision of aligned services in the scientific community have provided him with a thorough knowledge of technical systems and the requirements of the academic world. Thanks to his engagement, the University of Vienna has participated in the projects like Europeana and OpenAIRE/OpenAIREplus. Currently, he has been appointed as the representative of the Unversity of Vienna at COAR. In the LEARN project, he focuses on stakeholder engagement, policy development and alignment, impact and advocacy. He also offers his experience in the use of foreign languages in multi-national settings, his ability to plan and organise work programs and his good understanding of linkages between policies and cooperative practices.


Yuri Demchenko

Yuri Demchenko, University of Amsterdam, EDISON Project coordinator.

Yuri Demchenko is a Senior Researcher at the System and Network Engineering of the University of Amsterdam, he is teaching Big Data Engineering and Cloud Computing. He graduated from the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kiev Polytechnic Institute" where he also received his PhD degree. 

His research areas include Data Science, Big Data Infrastructure and services, cloud and Intercloud architecture, security and infrastructure for cloud based services and data centric applications.

Yuri is involved in a number of research and innovation European projects such as CYCLONE, GEANT. He is a coordinator of the European project EDISON that is focused on building a new profession of Data Scientist for European research and industry that includes also wide international collaboration. The developed in the project the EDISON Data Science Framework (EDSF) has been supported by many projects and initiatives in Europe and worldwide, it is also cited in a number of industry and higher-education studies.

Yuri is actively contributing to the standardisation activity at RDA, CEN, IEEE, IETF, NIST on defining Big Data Architecture Framework, Intercloud architecture for complex infrastructure services provisioning in clouds, and Data Science competence and skills framework.

Ingrid Dillo

Ingrid Dillo holds a PhD in history and has worked in the field of policy development for the last 25 years, including as senior policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Ingrid is now deputy director at DANS. Among her areas of expertise are research data management and the certification of digital repositories. She is a member of the Board of the Data Seal of Approval (DSA), the Technical Advisory Board of Research Data Alliance (RDA), and the Board of Directors of the DRYAD repository. She also is vice chair of the Scientific Committee of the ICSU/World Data System (WDS), co-chairs the RDA/WDS Interest Group on Certification of Digital Repositories and the RDA/WDS Interest Group on Cost Recovery for Data Centers, was an active member of the former RDA/WDS Repository Audit and Certification DSA-WDS Partnership, and participates in the Research Data Expert Group of the Knowledge Exchange. Finally, Ingrid is co-chair of the OECD/GSF Expert Group on Sustainable Business Models for Data Repositories.

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Erik Fledderus

Erik Fledderus is managing director of SURF and chair of its Executive Board. He is e-IRG delegate for the Netherlands. Mr. Fledderus previously worked as the managing director of the Information Society at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and he has been a principal ICT scientist. As a professor of Wireless Communication, he also works at Eindhoven University of Technology. He has over 20 years of technical and managerial experience in various positions at organisations such as the University of Twente, KPN Research, TNO, the Knowledge Platform on Electromagnetic Fields and Health, CLICKNL, and the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (JIIP). Since Oct 2015 Erik chairs the DG Connect Advisory Forum.

Garvan McFeeley

Garvan McFeeley is HEAnet's Brokerage Services Manager. He has over 25 years experience in ICT across a range of sectors including education, telecommunications, manufacturing and financial services.
He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Applications from DCU and an M.Sc. from TCD in Management of Information Systems.
When not thinking about how to save HEAnet's clients time, effort and money, he enjoys training guide dog puppies as well as all things Italian.

Juan Miguel Gonzalez-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda is Head of Unit for Nanotech & e-Science at Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain (MINECO) and  LifeWatch Chief Technology Officer-CTO

He has degrees in Telecommunications Engineering, European PhD. Dr. & Master in Industrial Organization and Enterprise Management from the University of Seville.

Since 2012 he is Head of Unit at MINECO coordinating the participation of Spanish Research e-Infrastructures in international initiatives on e-Science in tight collaboration with the European Commission (particularly DG R&I and DG CONNECT): Ministry Delegate for the e-Infrastructures Reflection Group (e-IRG), the H2020 Digital Era Forum Agenda, the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), EuroHPC initiative (Spain's "Sherpa"), and supervisor of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) activities, being also in turn member of the Group of European Data Experts (GEDE) in RDA-Europe.

He also coordinates the Spanish participation in LIFEWATCH for the recent establishment of its ERIC ( He has also followed up the Spanish participation in other ESFRI ENVironment initiatives (EMSO, EPOS, ICOS, etc.). Expert-Advisor to the definition of policy priorities, monitoring, assessment & analysis of activities related to the different Spain Regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization (RIS3) priorities focusing on ICT & ENVironmental areas, particularly in regards to the establishment of synergies with other EU regions.

He served as Technical Director of the Singular Scientific & Technological Research e-Infrastructure of the Doñana Biological Reserve (ICTS-RBD) at Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). He also worked as Research Technologist at CSIC in S&T Research and Innovation International Cooperation projects related to several Euro-Mediterranean & LatinAmerican initiatives (ASBIMED, EUROMEDANET 1 & 2, MED 7, MELIA, INCONETs MIRA & EULARINET, ERANET EULANEST) and others such as EPOM Project-PRIME Network of Excellence, ECREINetwork, OMEN Project, EUMEDIS Network & IST MEDA, LynxGenomics, among others.

Furthermore he has been lecturing as Researcher and Associate Professor at the School of Engineering of University of Seville being specialized on the Establishment of Technological Base SMEs, Biomechanics for Disabled People and Sportsmen's High-Performance, and Digital Image Processing and Analysis applied to Healthcare. During his time as Independent Consultant-Freelance on ICT, he collaborated among others with the Spanish National Institute for Aerospace Technology-INTA (Photometry) and IBM (eServer Certified Specialist).

Ann Harding

Ann Harding has worked for SWITCH since 2007 and is currently in the AAI team. She has led development for Trust and Identity services in three consecutive GÉANT projects since 2013, and works with a particular focus on supporting research communities with eduGAIN. Ann has gained third-level qualifications in Arts and Humanities and Computer Science and a Master's qualification in Cultural and Media studies.

Rafael Jimenez

Rafael C Jimenez is the Chief Technical Officer of ELIXIR. He is responsible to facilitate the technical work of ELIXIR Nodes and ELIXIR Platforms to implementing the ELIXIR Scientific Programme. Rafael joined ELIXIR in 2014 after working at EMBL-EBI as a technical lead in the Proteomics Service Team. He is specialised in the coordination, management and development of bioinformatics services.

Bob Jones

Bob is the coordinator of the HNSciCloud Horizon 2020 project. Driven by the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) commitment of leading research organisations from across Europe, HNSciCloud creates a competitive marketplace of innovative cloud services serving scientific users from a wide range of domains (19573-2016). The marketplace builds on a hybrid cloud platform including commercial cloud service providers, publicly funded e-infrastructures and buyers' in-house resources.
Bob was one of the founders of the Helix Nebula initiative (, a public private partnership to explore the use of commercial cloud services for science applications. Bob is also the coordinator of the Procurement Innovation for Cloud Service in Europe (PICSE project to raise awareness of procurement of cloud services for the public sector.
Bob participates in the EIROforum IT Working Group ( and is the editor of the published series of e-infrastructure documents (,,
Bob was until 2014 the head of the CERN openlab project ( which is a unique public-private partnership between CERN and leading ICT companies. Its mission is to accelerate the development of cutting-edge solutions to be used by the worldwide Large Hadron Collider (LHC) community and wider scientific research.
His experience in the distributed computing arena includes mandates as the technical director and then project director of the EGEE projects (2004-2010) which led to the creation of EGI (


Hans Karlsson

Hans Karlsson is Director of the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC) since April 2016. He is also Professor in Theoretical Chemistry at Uppsala University. His research concerns quantum molecular dynamics with focus on developing and implementing computational tools and techniques for solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for molecular systems.

Hans Karlsson was previously director for Uppsala University's computing center SNIC-UPPMAX, 2011-2016, and Director for the National Graduate School of Scientific Computing (NGSSC), 2007-2012, and the Swedish e-Science Education graduate school (SeSE) 2013.

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Alasdair Reid

Alasdair Reid has over 25 years experience of advising governments and public-private partnerships in developing, implementing and evaluating innovation based regional, inter-regional, national and European development programmes and strategies. He has worked extensively in the fields of regional economic development and innovation systems. He has advised the European Commission (DGs for Research & Innovation, Regional Policy, Connect, Enterprise & Industry, etc.), the OECD, the World Bank, the Nordic Council of Ministers, national and regional governments and public agencies throughout the European Union and in third countries.

Alasdair was instrumental in the development, during the 2000s, of the main EU research and innovation policy benchmarking and analysis platforms: the Trend Chart on Innovation and ERAWATCH, the Regional Innovation Monitor, the Eco-Innovation Observatory and the European Service Innovation Centre.   He was director of Technopolis Group Brussels office from 2004-2016 and since 2016 is the policy director of the European Future Innovation System (EFIS) Centre policy think tank.  He is coordinator of the European e-Infrastructure Services Gateway project (eInfraCentral) since January 2017.


Jamie Shiers

Dr Jamie Shiers - Data Preservation Project Leader CERN

Jamie Shiers is currently Leader of the Data Preservation for Long-Term Analysis in High Energy Physics (DPHEP) project that involves all of the major (HEP) laboratories and experiments worldwide and collaborates actively with other disciplines. DPHEP is focusing on solutions to long-term exa-scale data preservation: data-related standards are clearly of key importance.

Jamie has been involved for many years in a large scale data management, object and relational database systems and services, distributed application design, implementation and support as well as many operations and services. Recently, he was involved in hardening the Worldwide Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid (WLCG) services that helped scientists to turn data into discoveries in record time, using peta-scale distributed resources.

Jamie has experience in a variety of standardization activities, including those directly related to data (the object data management group and the IEEE storage systems working group) as well as computer languages (ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG5 - Fortran).

Andres Steijaert

Andres Steijaert from SURFnet is cloud activity leader in GÉANT. He coordinates the cloud collaboration of the European NRENs in GÉANT, to make clouds safe and easy to use. The NRENs share expertise and resources, align roadmaps and jointly engage the market. The GÉANT cloud team works on business processes for service delivery and adoption, does joint procurements to establish favourable conditions of use and provides an underlying infrastructure that links cloud services to the identity management and network capabilities of GÉANT and the NRENs.

Dario Vianello

Dr. Dario Vianello is a Cloud Bioinformatics Application Architect working in the Technology and Science Integration group at EMBL-EBI. He is involved on a daily basis in porting workloads to the cloud and in providing user support within the Institute. He's also actively taking part in several European projects dealing with scientific cloud computing such as Helix Nebula - The Science Cloud and EOSCpilot, as well as the ELIXIR Compute Platform. Before starting at EMBL-EBI in 2015, Dario obtained his PhD in Experimental Pathology at the University of Bologna, where he was managing and analysing data for two European projects investigating the processes underpinning human ageing.